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Successful recovery of crashed plane at Padre Island National Seashore
(Corpus Christi, Texas)- On the morning of July 17, 2014 a salvage company working with the insurer of a private plane and coordinating with the National Park Service removed a crashed plane from the bay side of Padre Island National Seashore. Due to the fragile nature of bay side ecosystems a helicopter was used for the removal. The park staff cordoned off the far southwest corner of the Malaquite Visitor Center parking lot to allow for a staging area for the recovery efforts. The plane was airlifted in the position it was found to minimize damaging park resources.
On June 3rd, 2014 a private plane had to make an emergency landing due to engine troubles. The plane landed on a mudflat and then flipped over. The location of the crash site was on the bay side of Padre Island National Seashore approximately 32 miles south of the Malaquite Visitor Center. The pilot received only minor injuries and was rescued by the coast guard. The plane was then inspected to make sure there was no leakage of fuel into the ecosystem until such time that it could be removed from the seashore.